Young DaDa Ensemble at DaDaFest 2016

Young DaDa Ensemble is a 2-year out-of-school accessible music project for young disabled musicians in Liverpool. It is funded by Youth Music and delivered in partnership by DaDaFest, Drake Music, Resonate Music Hub and Live Music Now.

The “Evolve” group from the Young DaDa Ensemble supported international stars Amadou and Mariam at the prestigious Liverpool Philharmonic Hall as part of DaDaFest in December.

Musicians Amadou and Mariam onstage in purple outfits
By Jérôme from Rouen, FRANCE – Amadou & Mariam [1 @ RDTSE 2005], CC BY-SA 2.0, Link


This was an exceptionally impressive undertaking given that the group performed live for the first time just a few months ago.

Young DaDa Ensemble took to the stage in shining gold robes and performed an original piece that took the audience on a musical journey around the world.

6 band members onstage in long gold robes playing different instruments
Image by Mark Loudon Photography


Associate Musician Jon Hering, who joined the group on stage, said “The young musicians rose to the occasion and gave a barnstorming performance that had the audience dancing along.”

Disability Arts Online reviewed the performance in glowing terms:
“The exuberance of youth oozed from the golden-clad ensemble from first to last. Rolling, pounding rhythms of a drumming duet set the early tone, followed by a bold beatboxing solo as a prelude to the ensemble getting into full swing.” Read the full review.

Young DaDa Ensemble provides accessible music-based activities to young disabled people aged 11 – 20 from across Merseyside.

Two groups – ‘Explore’ and ‘Evolve’ work with experienced music facilitators to develop musical skills and create original songs that culminate in live performances.

See a soundcheck from a previous live performance here.

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